Shopfronts

Customers Want A Curated Experience

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Jayden Westen owns Compendium Design Store, a curated gift experience and one of the most successful in its class, maintaining a consistent and strict retail ethic over the years that's not only kept the tills ringing but foot traffic high and a line of magazine publishers featuring him in their shoots.

He builds his shopfronts like set design.  

They're scary-good and ever changing and in his own words, "They increase sales."

http://www.compendiumstore.com.au

 

A Preview Of A Beautiful Mainstreet

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Hampden Road and 'Broadway' are two small strips with some great retail design.

You'll see evidence of clever signage solutions, unique footpath arrangements, stunning architecture and much more.

Please click ahead and enjoy the story.

Being within cooee of University of Western Australia (Broadway) and Hollywood Hospital (Hampden Road) these two strips have a sustainable source of commercial activity (if managed well).

A Beautiful City place management finds existing and incoming retailers who provide the best economic development.

Intelligent retail design engages the community beyond the need for essential services and creates lasting activity that keeps social innovation churning.

There is no other place you will see such bang-for-your-buck social innovation than in a mainstreet.

A well managed mainstreet, that is.  An A-Beautiful-City-Managed mainstreet, I should say.


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I am pleased to introduce the City of Nedlands as our newest client, meaning they will enjoy people counting data in two of their mainstreets for the next 12 months.

We installed a people counter in Hampden Road, Nedlands in June this year and the second is scheduled for 'Broadway', Nedlands this month.


Already there is a characteristic lunchtime peak in the Nedlands counting. It's from the Grey's Anatomy crowd at the Hollywood Hospital. It's very predicable and you can set your clock by it.

You could set your clock by the Mon-Fri midday peak.

The strip of Hampden Road and Broadway, Nedlands.

 

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Beautiful Shopfronts Of The World

Vibrancy is not just ‘filled’ shops, but appropriately selected clusters of retail activity which are chosen to enhance the area’s social development.
— A Beautiful City
Cities must recognise which retailers can deliver social development in a street, or risk place failure, retail retreat, and social decline: unsustainability
— A Beautiful City

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The Secret To A Sense Of Place

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There's a blog called Freo's View and it's jolly good.

There's an interesting dialogue going on over there about Place Management.

Diana Ryan asks whether all our places are going to end up looking the same.

This is my take on it.

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Place management is about fostering assets.

Assets should be distinct. It's part of what makes an asset.

Place managers should be facilitating local assets for regional sustainability and local distinctiveness.

Local governments are recognising this in part, but too often just book marketing ads, run a festival or knit a bootie on to a tree.

A good place manager must be able to create a competitive community, and the local distinctiveness (born from its assets - people - locally) is critical for this.

The fundamental legacy of place management should be that local people (assets) have a community which self-develops as part of its day-to-day doings.

Because reinvention is necessary for vitality and competitiveness.

It's culture, really.

It's a different issue whether a local person or an interstate consultant can provide this best.

This is where the web of industry and communities wrap themselves up in conflict and contradiction.

No consultant probably believes he isn't completely necessary but should not be paid to help.

See? Web.

The answer I think is a sustainable system of self-development where extra, professional staff are less necessary.

Many cities have this: they are special area rate organisations who have a staff member to do their bidding.

But these are badly run sometimes so the outcomes are not there or not good enough.

Place management has a long way to go. The journey's exciting.

But hopefully, we're all unnecessary anyway.

A good place manager must understand how private property, the attraction of businesses, retail uses and business management affect community participation.

Must also tie bootie to tree.

Above: Le Bon Cake Shop, 93 Acland Street, St Kilda, Australia  Le Bon Continental Cake Shop on Urbanspoon

A Review of Coventry Village Markets

Coventry's is a large site which was once an industrial something-or-other.

Called Coventry's.

They have lots of branches around.

I'm not really sure what they do.

Anyway, they decided they didn't need this site anymore so they sold it.

The new owner said they wanted to create an indoor market. Ok, then.

To set the standard and to prevent headaches with quality-control the landlord said he would provide high-quality shop counters, side by side. The inspiration was Victoria Markets in Melbourne, Australia, like this:

Above and below: Queen Victoria Markets, corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne City Centre, Australia.

The landlord told me he wanted 30 butchers, 15 cheese guys and about as many fruity ones. Sounds delicious.

And not impossible.

So, let's go check it out. It's been five years and I've never seen it.

The centre faces the main road - Walter Road West - and there are some nice curly bits. Gutsy. They can't have been cheap.

But, really, the main entry is at the rear. You have to drive down a new road to get to the rear of the property and the market's entrance.

Wow, it's in a sea of enormous.

The lane is kissed by a big, warehouse wall and at the back is a huge carpark.

Not much 'markets' yet.

More curly bits. I like it.

The grand entry is not so grand. That's bad. Let's show off a little and seduce our audience.

I didn't see any door counters on the inside. Naughty.

The grocer. I checked it out but the prices are more expensive than Galati's.

The shops are panel boards set up in rows. And the street names are a great touch.

I thought it was a suggestion board at first, but a retailer has cut out their Facebook reviews, laminated them, and posted them outside their shop. Good.

The height is jolly impressive. Without height, spaces suck. Whether this building has a preservation order on it or not I don't know (I doubt it), but you can see how the saw-tooth pattern of the roof allows for large glass panels to let in light.

I only saw one plant indoors and rushed up to greet it. Plastic. Mmm ...

The doorways and shopfronts have mouldings to add to the building's impression. They are made of a composite plastic, it seems. No shame in that.

Because I was in the area I popped across the road to Morley Galleria, the regional shopping centre. Used to be my favourite.

But: not good.

Wow, that's bad.

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Moving on.

Look at the height of the people, the height of the shopfronts and the height of the ceiling.

It's two storey building.

This is how tall a two-storey building should be. Really tall.

And what have we here? Noice.

They should do weddings.

And here's a tip. A vacant shop should still have a story. So, good one (below)

Every time I take photos in a shopping centre I begin to get stalked by security guards so I gave up and left.

And that's just one difference between your mainstreet and a shopping centre.

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Coventry Village, 253 Walter Road West, Morley, Australia.

Sometimes You Have To Get Out Of Town To Find Great Shopfronts

Sometimes shopfronts are persevered in small towns due to a lack of re-development. This is Northam, Australia, and its main street: Fitzgerald Street.

Fine signage. Nice door. Stallrisers. Excellent lettering. For sale.

Ex-Roediger Bros. 182 Fitzgerald Street.

Would make a great residence (for me). I would keep the lettering.

Above and below: Elizabeth's Mens Hair Design, 192 Fitzgerald Street East

Transom windows are different (the bumpy panels above the signage). Shiny and skinny mullions (the rods in between the window panels). Recessed door with funny windows.

When we think of good residential property, decorative features such as pressed tin ceilings are synonymous with value.

Above: Pressed tin soffit. 

Above and below: Deeply recessed shopfront. Goods face the customer as they walk down the street. Weather protection.  Very cool and very rare. Keep your varied shopfronts in the mainstreet or if you're building a new mainstreet require a variety of shopfront shapes and sizes.

Homestyle Chic, 224 Fitzgerald Street.

Above and below: Colour - but light colour. Big windows. Panelled window at corner. Recessed entry. Thin mullions, except door.

Northam Travel, 178 Fitzgerald Street

Phnom Penh: Shopfront and Streetlife study

Yesterday was pretty good. Gritty roads from the airport to civilisation were relieved by a tidy street of evening smell and colour. And I ate a frog.

I can't stay at a hotel for more than one night, so I've already booked in another, just to taste it. And I'm going to torture a man.

This chap. I've commissioned him, for life, to show me every street and shop in Phnom Penh.

This is his tuk-tuk and it is essentially a slow motorbike with a cabin on the back. 

But first we have to stop at the local fountain to pinch some water for his radiator.

Hey, look - they stole our Queen.

And they have angled car parking bays, like us, too.

You hear a lot about The French Architectural style here because of history and things like that, which means when you build a new building you are forced to quote 'the local vernacular' which is probably what this building is doing.

And the outcome is good. Someone built a sponge cake and then a proper patissiere has sculptured and decorated it afterwards.

OK, we're getting more shoppy now. I took this photo because I thought 'Ha! Elephant!'.

Only later did I read it more closely.

French vernacular.

I should definitely leave the food photography to the experts, but I want to develop a pathology of photographing everything I eat, like the wrongly-accused savant caught with a murder weapon in his barn, brought to us by Midsomer Barnaby.

Moving on, Mr Tuk-tuk.

Pyjama ladies 1 & 2.

Due to the horrific, international oppression of men, only women are allowed to wear comfortable and colourful clothes to work.

 

End of Part 2

Here's a tip. Wherever you are, ask to be shown the embassy precinct.

Here you'll always find the best residential architecture.

If you're a diplomat you're always going to justify being in the part of town where people don't hack your arm off with a rusty KA-BAR.

And because you're 1,500 miles away from the taxpayer who is funding your party, you can always pretend that you are.

So if you get a chance to go to a party with Barack Obama and U2's Bonobo and advance your career in media and politics, put your hand up for this important, diplomatic work.

If it's a funeral for Nelson Mandela - even better. You'll be under no pressure to politically perform for your country so you can just get drunk and slip Oprah Winfrey your business card.

Perfect.

Go backwards to Part 1

It's Superb!

I love this.

A jolly mintox Octopus Sign.

Beautifully conceived and prepared: The preparation of the building in white is just as important as the fine, grey octopus.

Every councillor must understand how signage affects their disctrict, for good and for bad.

And this is a good one.

And, oh - look: a Ford Falcon something-or-other done in burnt tobacco racing green.

Hooked Healthy Seafood, 172 Chapel Street, Windsor, Australia

And here's Chapel Street, Windsor. A bit. From Duke's Coffee Roasters, 169 Chapel Street.

Followed by a shop-a-dog down the road at Surace Fresh, 233 Chapel Street, Prahran